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Glenn Beck Plans ‘Restoring Courage’ Rally in Israel

Fox News talk show host Glenn Beck is planning a huge “Restoring Courage” rally in August in Israel, where he visited this month.
By Fern Sidman, INN NY Correspondent and Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 5/17/2011, 10:51 AM / Last Update: 5/17/2011, 11:02 AM

Fox News talk show host Glenn Beck is planning a huge “Restoring Courage” rally in August in Israel, where he visited earlier this month.

He announced on his morning radio program Monday, “Last summer we set out to Restore Honor in Washington, DC. This summer it is time to Restore Courage…. It is time for us to courageously stand with Israel."

Beck acknowledged that organizing security and logistics for the August event would be challenging. “The very gates of hell will open up against us,” he said on his radio program.

Referring to international diplomatic efforts to handle the Arab world’s anti-Israel views and actions and Western diplomatic efforts too, Beck said, “The only power broker, the only seat of government that can and will solve this problem with or without us is G-d.  It is time to return inside the walls that surround Jerusalem and stand with people of all faiths, all around the world.”

Beck exhorted "all decent people and people of faith" to join him in Jerusalem. Having recently returned from a trip to Israel, where he visited the Temple Mount, he said upon his departure, "The Temple Mount almost pulsated. I could feel it.”

Candidly admitting that he didn't know how many people would show up, or how much the event would cost, he declared that the rally would be "a life altering event.”

Beck’s "Restoring Honor" rally drew between 90,000 and hundreds of thousands of people, based on various estimates.

As a vocal advocate and fervent supporter of Israel, Beck has made Israel and the Jewish people a focal point of his broadcasts. Last February, he offered his prognostications on the revolution in Egypt by telling his television audience, "If President Hosni Mubarak does step down, however, the Muslim Brotherhood would be the most likely group to seize power. They've openly stated they want to declare war on Israel."

Often declaring his deeply-held conviction that Israel and the Jewish people are being "set up,”  Beck has consistently addressed the exponential rise in anti-Semitism.

"Old hatreds are coming over the horizon; it's a well-laid plan,” he said on one program. “Right now, when you're paying $4 a gallon for gasoline, it's tough. Pretty soon, you're going to want somebody to blame. And politicians always are there to give you someone to blame. And mark my words, we will be paying 10 dollars a gallon for gasoline. When that happens and someone comes to you and says, ‘It's the Jews. It's Israel. If they would just give up Jerusalem. If they would just divide Jerusalem...’

“It is coming. This will be the mantra come September."

Making an oblique reference to the upcoming meeting between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Beck said, "There are people that will promise you ‘peace’ in the coming months. They are going to attack the center of our faith; our common faith, and that is Jerusalem, but it won't be with bullets or bombs. It will be with a two-state solution that cuts off Jerusalem; the Old City, from the rest of the world."

Alluding to the dramatic escalation in global anti-Western and anti-Israel animus, Mr. Beck said, "There are forces in this land, and forces all over the globe that are trying to destroy us, but remember, 'we are the great Satan and Israel is the little Satan.'"